The annual administrative report (AAR) is believed to be an authentic document published by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) every year showing the performance of each department of the civic body.
However, figures mentioned in the AAR do not tally with those available at various departments. This raises questions over the authenticity of the AMC’s report.
AAR is an evaluation benchmark as well as a reflection of the type of activities going on in the city. It is compulsory for the civic body to publish the AAR under Section 94(1) of the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation (BPMC) Act, 1949. Therefore, information provided in the report should be accurate.
Various heads of department of the AMC, however, do not seem to be alert while providing information to the planning department which compiles and publishes the report.
Here are some examples from three different AMC departments which prove the point. According to the AAR, the AMC estate department earned Rs42.20 crore between 2006-07 and 2010-11.
But information from the estate department showed that its income stood at Rs48.75 crore during the same period.
In another such incident, discrepancies were found in the Umeed Talim Programme run by the state government as well as the AMC as the implementing agency.
According to the annual report, a total of 16,949 students were trained by various agencies between 2006-07 and 2010-11, of which 11,420 were placed by the agencies in the same period of time. However, according to the information provided by the urban community department, a total of 16,274 students were trained, of which 13,020 got jobs during the same period.
The 2006-07 AAR gives contradictory information about the same department in two different segments. The mid-day meal segment shows that a total of 1,34,637 children were registered in the programme during the year. However, according to the primary department, the number of students registered with primary schools was 1,64,058.
“Number of children registered with primary schools cannot be different from that registered for the mid-day meal scheme,” said sources in the Ahmedabad Municipal School Board (AMSB).
However, the administrative officer of AMSB, Lagdhir Desai, tried to pass it off it as a printing error.
Sources in the planning department said the heads of departments were giving information, which was neither accurate nor on time, resulting in discrepancies in the figures. Incidentally, AMC is yet to release the AAR for 2011-12.